High school students learn about Fort Worth volunteer opportunities

Published on October 06, 2021

high school students looking at a projector

More than 390 high school students learned more about volunteerism in September when City of Fort Worth volunteer coordinators visited with them over two days.

Marine Creek Collegiate High School, a Fort Worth ISD school located in northwest Fort Worth, invited the city employees to present to students about volunteering during their AVID class period. AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, includes coursework focused on preparing students for college, career and life.

MCCHS is a unique campus, giving students the opportunity to earn their associate degree from Tarrant County College while simultaneously gaining a high school diploma. Curriculum focuses on advanced skills and community leadership. Volunteerism is an important topic when guiding young people into the future, and the educators at MCCHS wanted the city to highlight the role it plays in preparing for college, career and leading.

“We were excited to spend time with the students at MCCHS. They were so welcoming, respectful and interested in becoming more involved in the community through volunteer service,” said Fort Worth Volunteer Program Coordinator Tabitha Butler. “Students were very attentive in learning more about volunteer opportunities within the city and enjoyed hearing from our Forestry and Graffiti Abatement program coordinators.”

Butler shared with students what defines a volunteer and why volunteering is important, as well as multiple volunteer opportunities within the City of Fort Worth. The city has 20-plus volunteer programs across multiple departments with several providing service opportunities for high school-aged students.

Two other volunteer coordinators also joined in on the presentations. Natural Scientist Supervisor Hannah Johnson presented all the ways students can get involved by volunteering at the city’s Rolling Hills Tree Farm. The 71-acre farm is currently growing 20,000-plus trees, and volunteers help transplant 90% of all trees, assist with collecting seeds, planting, pruning, weeding and more. Students at MCHHS also learned more about how serving as a volunteer at the Tree Farm could lead to a career in horticulture.

Graffiti Abatement Program Coordinator Margo Gordon was on hand to give students an overview of graffiti abatement and invite them to volunteer with the program. GAP volunteers assist with blitzes and murals throughout the community. Blitzes involve attacking graffiti by painting over it on structures of all sizes, and mural projects give volunteers an opportunity to assist a local artist in painting a mural to minimize the defacement of property and enhance the beauty of Fort Worth.

“I loved that not only did Margo share about volunteer opportunities with GAP, but she encouraged students to serve their community by sharing her personal experience with volunteering at their age and how it led to her current career,” Butler said. “By the time she graduated from high school she had served more than 3,000 volunteer hours and was on her way to a career in park and recreation.”

After the presentations, students were already signing up to volunteer with the city and were motivated to become more committed to their community and civically engaged.

Schedule your own volunteer presentations or learn more about volunteering. 



Photo: Marine Creek Collegiate High School students learn about City of Fort Worth volunteer opportunities.



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